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Elon Musk Hopes To Have His Brain Implants In Humans In Six Months—And We're Not OK

Twitter users aren't super keen on letting Musk put his Neuralink implant in their bodies after reports of some of the harrowing side effects in monkeys.

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Elon Musk hopes to place Neuralink implants in humans in six months.

You read that correctly.

Elon Musk won't stop at spontaneous combusting Teslas or Twitter's internal collapse.

Like something straight out of a dystopian novel, he is pushing for brain implants in humans.

The Neuralink implant fills Musk with high hopes, with possibilities of one's ability to navigate interfaces using only brain power and even a cure for paralysis.

Here's a news coverage of the proposed technology.

Elon Musk says Neuralink brain implant could begin human

According to Bloomberg:

"Neuralink has been refining the product, which consists of a tiny device and electrode-laced wires, along with a robot that carves out a piece of a person's skull and implants it into the brain."

Again, yes, you read that correctly.

While the promises of the product seem too good to be true, the real problem is that, so far, product tests run on monkeys have ended in mortifying results.

According to a February report by New York Post, beginning in 2017, 23 monkeys were implanted with Neuralink. By 2020, at least 15 of them died or were euthanized.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's research advocacy director Jeremy Beckham told the Post:

"Pretty much every single monkey that had had implants put in their head suffered from pretty debilitating health effects."
"They were, frankly, maiming and killing the animals."

The masses took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

According to Musk, all we need now is FDA approval.

We think we'll pass.